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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 Fact reviewing the best the rest JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE RCA Records It's comes as no surprise that the first single "Suit & Tie" from Justin Timberlake's CO, l'he 20/20 Experience' soared up the charts and earned platinum status, laying the ground- work for his third solo album's success. A string of potential hits follow with "Pusher Love Girl," the heavy beat of "Don't Hold The Wall," the easy to digest and chew on "Strawberry Bubblegum" and hits the halfway point of his ten-song album with focus on "Tunnel Vision." Timberlake's heavenly song collection takes flight with the sensuous "Spaceship Coupe," fighting for his right to love whoever he chooses to, with the lyrics of "That Girl" and Justin's rapid-fire rap on "Let The Groove Get In" is dynamite. An artist's fame is often based on, not just their singles success, but on the total of their work -- Timberlake is the true definition of that thought. His album reflects hit after hit, as the song "Mirrors" has charted high in several countries, such as the United King- dom and Germany. His finale is the pretty "Blue Ocean Floor." Another masterpiece from the music master -- Justin Timberlake! BLAKE SHELTON - BASED ON A TRUE STORY .... Warner Bros. Blake Shelton is never one to disappoint and true to his past, the likeable country star delivers a new album on which he again wears his heart on his sleeve. With two songs already creating chart stirs, "Boy's Round Here (with Miranda's Pistol Armies and Friends)" and the first single "Sure Be Cool If You Did," it's no surprise that his album debuted at number one on Billboard's Hot Country Chart. Blake's ballad talents shine on "Do You Remember," an atti- tude adjustment leads to the rousing "Small Town Big Time," moving on to the swaying "Country On The Radio," teaming up with "Voice" performer Gwen Sabastian for the compli- ment-laden "My Eyes" and the Shelton flirt dominates on "Doin' What She Likes." Blake doesn't mince words on the working man's "I Still Got A Finger," showing the soft side on "Mine Would Be You," the twang of the tasty "Lay Low" is a favorite, plus the explosive "Ten Times Crazier" and Blake takes his final shot with the narrative "Granddaddy's Gun." You can count on it, that Blake's "Ten Times Crazier' tour will live up to its name when it stops at Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center (Saturday, Sept. 7th). THE BAND PERRY - PIONEER Republic Nashville The Band Perry rides the success of their third #1 hit -- "Better Dig Two," to launch their sophomore album 'Pioneer.' Sister Kimberly, along with brothers Neil and Reid powers the family trio. Kimberly's relation-ender packs a punch on "Done," the pleading "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," the touching title track "Pioneer," parting ways with the blunt "Forever Mine Never Mind" featuring Brad Paisley's super guitar work, and the Friday Night Lights shine via "Night Gone Wasted." The second half dozen cuts feature love at first sight with "I Saw A Light," a shout out to mama has "Mother Like Mine," the cutting "Chainsaw," the boastful "I'm A Keeper," the trib- utes of going back home via "Back To Me Without You" and it all becomes history following the fear and insecurity of "End Of Time." Excellent album by a group destined for superstar status! Catch them live in our area Friday, April 19 th @ Lawler Arena, No. Andover, MA, and Friday, June 144 w/Rascal Flatts @ Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA! MIKE AIKEN - CAPTAINS & COWBOYS Northwind Records Singer/songwriter Mike Aiken delivers a bit of twang and a ton of honky-tonk to his album 'Captains & Cowboys.' Aiken's recent single "Summertime Song" has a catchy hook and excellent guitar work from Georgia Satellites' Dan Baird. C&C sets sail with "Virginia," stoking steam on "Coal Train," the haunting "Your Memory Wins," party time has "Bring Out The Bourbon" and romance arrives on "Dance With The Wind." Country Joe McDonald's "Save The Whales" is cov- ered by Aiken, along with "Night Rider's Lament" the tale of life on one's own terms, and your ears will get hooked on "Take The Boy Fishin'," wrapping it up with the album title track -- "Captains & Cowboys." Mike on water and the range FRESHLYGROUND - TAKE ME TO THE DANCE Wommusic Freshlyground is a seven-member group that dispense global pop that will get your feet and fingers tapping on Take Me to the Dance.' If you were among those who missed the group's recent Boston appearance at Paradise Rock Club and Northampton's Iron Horse, this CD is a reprise! Tune in to cuts that begin with "Chain Gang," the all-encompassing "Everything," the bass-driven "Nomthandazo," the apartheid- driven "Not Too Late For Love," the title cut and dance club anthem "Take Me To The Dance," the fantasy of "The Man Moves" and the pledge of "Won't Let Go." A late-night radio DJ is the object of affection on "Mina Nobhiza," plus the word to believe is found in "The Message," the wishful "Leave A Light On," the sizzling "Shake it (Just Like You Wanna)," the brief litany of "You Would Love" and the final piece of this musical puzzle can be found on "Party Time" -- a song that sounds like a travel ad inviting tourists to South Africa. An album neatly described in their bio as, "catchy, danceable songs that shimmer with layers of guitar, rich strings, and multipart harmonies." Well said, you can also add, fun to listen to! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani EASTER BUNNY FOR MAYOR ANYONE On Saturday, March 30 th over in Roslindale, folks had a great time with their kids at the annual Mayor's Eas- ter Egg Hunt in Roslindale Square. During the festivi- ties, the mayor spoke of his decision to retire at the end of his term and also men- tioned his desire that those who would run in the may- oral preliminary election would keep things on the positive and not bash the city. Also in attendance were both City Councilor Rob Consalvo and Suffolk County D.A. Dan Conley, both men- tioned as possible mayoral candidates. Anyone thinking about running the Easter Bunny for mayor, huh? OLD BPD HEADQUARTERS PURCHASED BY LOEWS HOTELS Loews Hotels & Resorts recently bought the Back Bay Hotel at Berkeley and Stuart Streets. The hotel will be renamed the Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel and it will undergo an $8 million facelift. The building was once the site of the former Boston Police Headquarters OLD DRIVERS GONE WILD The last time I touched upon this subject, I had many responding that I was practicing ageism. They told me that old drivers were no different than any other age of motorists. Young people, they said, are ter- rible drivers. I agreed. How- ever, young drivers will hopefully get better with age. However, older drivers only get worse with age as our bodies get older. My reaction time is not as good as it was in 1973 when I was 25 years old but with age comes experience. My reflexes have slowed so I compensate with other skills learned over the years out on the roads. There is absolutely noth- ing wrong with requiring that older drivers get road- tested again after they turn, say, 75 years old. Why would anyone disagree with this idea? If you are a good older driver, you have nothing to fear but if you are not, I want you off the roads before you kill oneself or somebody else near you. Recently, I was listening to Jeff Kuhner on the Kuhner Report on WRKO-AM while driving to work. He reported on a scary situation that happened the day before on the Mass Pike where an 87- year-old driver drove the wrong way on 1-90 for I 1 miles before the Staties caught up to him. Even with the cruisers sirens and lights on, he did not imme- diately stop. When he did, he was totally out of it. The Mas- sachusetts State Police didn't cite him but rather had his license revoked. How many peoples' lives were at stake while he drove against traffic on a major highway? He was lucky he didn't kill himself or others driving to avoid being hit by his car. Al Neuharth, USA Today publisher recently wrote, "One of the important legal 'privileges' for most of us is our driver's license. But in most states, those laws favor old folks like me over mid- to-late-teenagers. As I ap- proach my 89 th birthday (March 27), I checked to see about the status of my driver's license in Florida where I live. My present license expires in three years, at 92, all I'll have to do to have it renewed for six more years is to pass a vision exam. No driving test. No age restriction. That means that at 98, I can be behind the wheel on the road without anyone of authority really knowing whether I'm able and OK to be there. Fortunately, in some fami- lies, younger members exer- cise control over the older person's driving, but in many, as in my case, the oldie tries to call the shots." BOSTON STOCKYARD HAS NEW OWNER The 42-year-old "Stock- yard" in Brighton has re- opened after 7 months under new owner Michael Conlon, who purchased the old steakhouse in a $5 mil- lion deal in late 2012. The place is located on Market Street next to the Pike and is an iconic institution. Conlon also owns the Para- mount on Beacon Hill, West on Centre Street in West Roxbury (I love this place) and the Lincoln in South Boston. GROUNDBREAKING AT OLD HERALD SITE Since the Boston Herald moved in next door to the Fargo Building over at the Seaport District in Southie, I have been eyeing the old Herald building on Harrison to see if anything was happening. I just heard that in April there will be a groundbreaking ceremony before crews start demolish- ing the place for its next life as the "Ink Block," a 471-unit apartment complex anchored by a Whole Foods supermarket. QUOTE FROM SUFFOLK DOWNS "As we work hard to earn a resort casino license, we want to share our plans to make a greener Suffolk Downs. We are excited to share the ways in which we can create 40 acres of open space for public use and con- nect our development to neighboring recreational areas." -- Chip Tuttle, chief oper- ating officer, Suffolk Downs QUOTE FROM NO EASTIE CASINO " ... East Boston is a place for much better things than a casino." -- Celeste Myers, co-founder No Eastie Casino THANK YOU MARIA Recently, the Post-Gazette received a very nice letter from North Ender Maria Alexander who enjoys read- ing the paper every week. As she said, "Thank you for the great paper. I look forward every Friday to getting it in the mail." She also had some nice comments on my many columns and I am most ap- preciative of her kind words. WINDSOR BUTTONING UP It was sad news to see Windsor Button going out of business after 75 years and is closing its doors at 35 Temple Place in Downtown Crossing forever. MEANWHILE, WHO READS BOOKS ANYMORE? Once Boston and the sur- rounding area malls had plenty of bookstores and all of them did well. However, in recent years, people seemed to have turned away from reading real books in their hands. now seems the way to do your reading on-line. Not long ago, Borders closed shop and Barnes & Noble shut down its Downtown Crossing store years ago. What happens when all the bookstores are gone? Is it going to be either the Internet or public librar- ies? I guess we can all junk our bookcases or put them to new use for ceramic stat- ues of people holding books in their hands? ISN'T IT CHRISTMAS ALL THE TIME? There's a great billboard over on East Broadway in Southie across the street from the Stop & Shop and next to Rite Aid paid for by Perry DiNatale who sells real estate. His motto on the billboard is, "I'll have the small Italian." Either Perry likes his Italian submarines or he's five-foot-two, huh? Actually, how about using, "Every day is Christmas with US."? By the way, do you remem- ber when Stop & Shop was the site of the First National Bank and Rite Aid was the A&P Supermarket? ALFA IS THE OMEGA IN LOW PRICES I love my Alfa gas station on Washington Street down by Roslindale Square. 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